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James Gunn Finishes First Draft of 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' Script

At the beginning of April, Guardians of the Galaxy writer and director James Gunn handed in a story treatment for the sequel to Marvel. What Gunn wrote was a whopping 70 pages long and his process is that of plotting out the entire story before writing it into a screenplay.

Gunn is part of Marvel Studios' inner circle and he knows the larger gameplan for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fortunately for him, since the nature of the Guardians sees them off-Earth, and many of the aliens and characters they come across in the Marvel Comics are actually owned by another film studio (Twentieth Century Fox), Gunn has more creative freedom than any other Marvel writer and director to date. That's why his take on Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will deviate greatly from the comics, so much so that Marvel labeled it "risky."

But they're running with it and trust Gunn's vision. And that might be the best thing going for the team-up sequel when compared to Avengers: Age of Ultron which was criticized for focusing too much on setting up what's next instead of its own characters and plots. Guardians 2 isn't a setup movie for Avengers 3 and it doesn't rely on the other movies (yet) even though it is a major part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In various Periscope live stream sessions, James Gunn spent time chatting with fans and answering questions and in these he explained that he was rushing to finish his first draft of the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 script in time for him to travel to Columbia to shoot his next film, The Belko Experiment, which he is writing and producing. The first day of shooting for Belko was today, the same day Gunn shared a teaser for the completed first draft of his GOTG 2 script. He did it and it only took 48 non-stop days:

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James Gunn Finishes First Draft of 'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' Script